How to Elevate Employee Engagement and Community Impact Through Workplace Volunteer Programs

Best Practices from the Field


Employee volunteer programs are a vital part of your corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, and community relations efforts. If done well, your program can play an important role in building nonprofit capacity, engaging employees, serving stakeholders, meeting social impact goals, and ensuring your company’s sustainability – not to mention all the positive impact you will have on the community.

However, whether your program was started ten months or ten years ago, it’s important to step back periodically to take stock of your corporate volunteer program. 

For businesses with an existing employee volunteer program, this guide is designed to help you develop and carry out a strategy that embeds social purpose throughout your organization, empowers employees to be change agents in their community, and enlists the right partners and technology to derive meaningful and measurable impact.

This guide will:

  • Offer best practices and ideal outcomes from organizations with effective volunteer programs,
  • Explain why employee volunteering matters,
  • Detail how to troubleshoot your program to see if and where it is falling short, and
  • Share seven steps to take your program to the next level.

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